Organization recognized for support of charity clinic movement in Georgia.
ATLANTA, Ga (June 1, 2011)—Piedmont Healthcare has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Georgia Free Clinic Network Partnership Award. Piedmont’s network of community hospitals in North Georgia have been instrumental in providing lab services, administrative services and financial support to charitable clinics.
“This award honors businesses or corporations that have contributed significantly to either Georgia Free Clinic Network or individual clinics,” said Donna Looper, executive director of the Georgia Free Clinic Network. “Piedmont’s support on behalf of the charity clinic movement in Georgia and long-standing commitment to quality healthcare have distinguished Piedmont in a field of high quality nominees.”
The Georgia Free Clinic Network connects over 100 non-profit medical and dental clinics across Georgia serving the over 1.7 million uninsured. According to the Georgia State Auditor, these clinics provide $200 to $400 million of care while only reaching 10 percent of the uninsured population. Charitable clinics are the unseen fabric of the health care safety net in communities, especially in rural areas, serving homeless individuals and those with chronic and life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. As such, they are forced to focus on acute needs, such as medications, referrals, equipment and funding.
“Piedmont Healthcare has been providing a vital service to the communities we serve for over a century,” said R. Timothy Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare. “As the demand for care grows, it is important that we each do our part to help create healthier communities. By supporting Georgia Free Clinic Network efforts to fulfill primary care needs, we help keep healthcare costs low for everyone and ultimately create stronger and more prosperous communities.”
Piedmont Healthcare supports the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, Ga; the Fayette CARE Clinic, in Fayetteville, Ga.; the new Coweta Samaritan Clinic in Newnan, Ga. and the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Jasper, Ga.
For more information on Piedmont Healthcare, visit piedmont.org.